We had the good fortune of connecting with Julie Klink and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julie, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Nature is my biggest source of inspiration. Often times ideas that I imagine wind up looking like some kind of organic form. Patterns in nature are fascinating especially when comparing macro to micro. In other words a coral looks similar to an aerial view of a river branching and ripples in water look like a satellite view of a desert. I am also inspired by stories and how we can connect with each other through our stories. Animation allows me to turn a story into a video. I think stories without words can be just as powerful as scripted stories if not more so, because the viewer can interpret the visuals and find different meanings. In addition music is deeply inspiring and motivational. One of my artistic goals is to create animated music videos and visuals for concerts. Since creating art is meditative, I like to listen to healing hertz music, specifically 528 hz. which opens the heart.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an artist I lean more towards experimental ideas, especially when it comes to animation. I combine traditional stop motion claymation with digital animation and or special effects. Sculpting is how I realized art is my purpose in life. I have experience sculpting with many different mediums, but clay is my favorite. One of the things I have sculpted and drawn the most is faces. Once I learned how to animate I was thrilled I could bring these faces to life. My artistic skills have definitely helped me become a successful video producer. I have been working as a video producer shooting food and cooking content for over three years. Having knowledge about art in terms of color, composition, texture, shape and form has influenced my ability to capture food in a beautiful way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite things to do in LA is go to silent discos on the beach. It is so much fun to dance with a group of people on the beach and still feel like you’re in your own world immersed in the music playing on the headphones.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I feel lucky to say that I have had the most inspiring and motivational teachers. My art teachers in highschool recognized my passion for sculpting and recommended I pursue a career in 3D animation. While I didn’t end up in the 3D animation field I did discover my love for stop motion animation and claymation as a result of their guidance. I am also extremely grateful for my parents who continue to encourage me as an artist. Their support over the years has enabled me to develop my skills and learn more creatively.